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California Working Families Beat Koch-Backed Prop. 32

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For the third time in the past 14 years, California voters rejected an attempt—fueled by millions of out-of-state dollars—to shut working people out of the political process when they soundly defeated Proposition 32. California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski said working families:

Rejected a blatant power play by corporate special interests to silence the voice of working people. Despite weeks of misleading advertisements backing Prop. 32 paid for by billionaires and out-of-state super PACs, the margin of defeat was decisive. Prop. 32 backers spent more than $50 million in an effort to fool voters.

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Trumka: Obama Win Moves Nation on 'Path of Sanity and Shared Prosperity'

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Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

Last night, working families across the country celebrated the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden—and breathed a sigh of relief that our country will move forward on the path of sanity and shared prosperity. Nothing about the last four years has been easy, from the Great Recession to Hurricane Sandy, from unrelenting partisan obstruction by Republicans to the greatest onslaught of negative ads ever unleashed against an American president.

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AFL-CIO: Election 2012

We covered the 2012 election live on the AFL-CIO Now blog all day Nov. 6. Read the blog below:

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Ohio GOTV Makes 800K Contacts in Final Push

In a huge voter outreach push in the final days of the election cycle, the AFL-CIO political program in Ohio completed more than 800,000 voter contacts. That far exceeds previous election years. The unprecedented level of voter communication capped the massive effort under way since Labor Day that reached more than 2 million Ohio voters with 80,000 volunteer shifts.

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California Labor Activists Engage in Massive GOTV Efforts

In a massive display of the power of working families, 40,000 volunteers in California are finishing up a massive get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort. The activists have distributed more than 5.1 million worksite fliers and made more than 3 million direct voter contacts. In the past week, they completed more than 1 million voter contacts. While the presidential election is a foregone conclusion in the state, the massive contact program could be decisive in a number of ballot initiatives, including Prop. 32, which would silence the voice of working people.

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Akron Area Voting Machine Troubles Slow Ohio Voters

Akron Area Voting Machine Troubles Slow Ohio Voters

The AFL-CIO Voter Protection rapid response team has dispatched a team of lawyers to Summit County, Ohio, where there have been reports from across the country about problems with voting machines, lack of paper ballots, moved polling places and other issues.   

In one precinct, some voters were in line from 6:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. before finally voting with provisional ballots. 

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Why I Support Obama: Columbus Stagehand Shares Personal Story

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Thomas N. Sico, a member of State and Theatrical Employees (IATSE) Local 12 in Columbus, Ohio, wrote the following letter to IATSE officers about President Obama’s support for using IATSE members at a Monday campaign rally in Columbus.  IATSE President Matthew Loeb forwarded the letter to us.

I know we are all tired of seeing political ads, but please take a moment to read this before you head to the polls today. Over the last few days political history happened in Columbus Ohio and IATSE Local 12 was at the center of it.

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